How to Hang Dry Flowers


Dried flowers are the main ingredient in potpourri, but they also look attractive arranged and placed in a vase. Some flowers perform better when dried than others, like strawflower, statice, baby's breath and bells-of-Ireland. The best time to hang-dry flowers is when they are still buds, just beginning to open.

Step 1

Remove the leaves from the stems, and cut the stems with pruning shears to the desired length. Leave them at least 6 inches long.

Step 2

Secure the bottoms of the stems to a clothes hanger with heavy thread or unflavored dental floss. The flowers should be hanging upside down when finished.

Step 3

Hang the flowers in a dark area with good ventilation, such as a closet. Allow the flowers to remain in the dark until they are completely dry. This generally takes two to three weeks but could take longer, depending upon the type of flower.

Step 4

Remove the hanger from the closet and untie the flowers. Spray the flower heads with hairspray, and allow them to dry. Keep the dry flowers out of sunlight and away from heat sources.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Heavy thread or unflavored dental floss
  • Clothes hangers
  • Hair spray


  • Texas A&M University: Drying Flowers
  • How to Air Dry Flowers
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